In this week leading up to Bible Sunday...
Lord, we thank you:
- for the gift of your Word. We thank you for lives changed through the centuries as people have come to know you, the Living Word.
- for your gifts of compassion, kindness, love, humility, gentleness and patience. We ask that we would clothe ourselves with these gifts that others may be blessed by them.
- for your gift of forgiveness. Help us to let go of bitterness and resentment, and to forgive as you have offered forgiveness to us.
- for your gift of Jesus, the living Word. We pray that as we read the Bible and allow your Word into our hearts, you may dwell richly in us through your Spirit.
So we pray that we may have opportunities to share your Word with those in our community and with those around the world that your kingdom may grow here on earth. And whatever we do, in word or deed, may we do it in your name, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit, giving thanks to God our Father. Amen.
[Adapted from material produced for Bible Society by rootsontheweb.com for Bible Sunday 2014]